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Historic Theatres & Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz

Historic Theatres of Balaban and Katz: Harding Theatre

The Harding Theatre during construction. Image courtesy Library of Congress, DN-0078930, Chicago Daily News collection. Click on image for larger view.

The Harding Theatre — A Brief History

Located at 2724 N. Milwaukee in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, the neo-classical Harding Theatre was designed by Freidstein & Company architects for the Lubliner & Trinz circuit, which also owned the Belmont. The theatre opened in 1925 and was purchased by the Balaban & Katz circuit around 1929, along with the other Freidstein-designed houses, the Congress and the Tower. The Harding had a 3/18 Wurlitzer organ.

The theatre was closed in 1963 and demolished the next year.

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